Mitchell's Single Gives Lookouts a Split

Albuquerque used an eight run lead to win a dramatic 12-9 win. Luis Maza had three hits and Jamie Hoffmann drove in four. Tennessee won the first of two games with Chattanooga 8-7 win and Russ Mitchell's walk-off single won the second game 5-4. Inland Empire topped Lake Elsinore 8-3 behind Alberto Bastardo. Great Lakes rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-4.

Isotopes Hand on to Win
Albuquerque (19-18) built an eight run lead, watched Fresno cut it down to one run, then added two to claim a dramatic 12-9 win. The two teams combined for a season-high tying 34 hits, three by Luis Maza. Jamie Hoffmann also added a pair of hits while driving in four.

The Grizzlies banged out 10 hits off six different Albuquerque pitchers. The newest, Hyang-Nam Choi (who is also the oldest at 38), worked 2.1 innings and held Fresno scoreless in relief of James McDonald who left in the middle of the third inning. Choi recently joined the 'Topes after signing as a free agent.

Choi (1-0) got the win and was followed by Carmen Cali, Brian Mazone, Erick Threets and Scott Strickland, who recorded his fifth save.

The Grizzlies scored a run in the bottom of the first, the Isotopes tied the game in the top of the second when Mitch Jones lined an RBI double that scored Dee Brown, on with a walk, and scored two batters later on an RBI fielder's choice by Albuquerque starting pitcher James McDonald, making the score 2-1 'Topes.

Then the e Isotopes had sent 12 men to the plate, scoring eight-runs on seven hits, both season-highs for a single inning.

The Grizz tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second before the Isotopes exploded for eight runs in the top of the third. Blake DeWitt had an RBI double and scored on a single by Dee Brown. Jones then delivered his second double of the night, two-run liner. After a single by A.J. Ellis, Hoffmann hammered a three-run homer over the fence in deep right-center. Maza singled and DeWitt smacked his second double of the inning to give the 'Topes a 10-2 lead.

The Grizzlies scored a run in the sixth and added six in the eighth.

Albuquerque added two crucial runs of insurance in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Hoffmann and a run-scoring single by Maza to take a 12-9 lead.

Closer Scott Strickland (5) struck out the side to earn his fifth save of the season and close out the wild 12-9 victory.

The 'Topes will wrap up their eight-game California road trip today with Left-hander Shawn Estes (3-1, 2.75) starting against Fresno righty Ryan Sadowski (3-1, 4.10).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	028 000 002-12
Fresno	        110 001 060- 9

Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave  
Hoffmann cf	6  2  2  4  .267
Maza 2b       	4  2  3  1  .232
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b 2b	6  1  2  2  .308
Pascucci 1b	4  1  0  0  .254
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Luna 3b        0  0  0  0  .364
Brown lf	3  2  1  1  .308
Hu ss        	5  0  1  0  .254
MJones rf	5  2  2  3  .237
Ellis c	        5  2  3  0  .306
McDonald p	2  0  0  1  .000
 Choi p	        1  0  1  0 1.000
 Cali p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Mazone p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin 1b	1  0  0  0  .250
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  Totals	43 12 15 12
  Fresno	45  9 19  9

  2B- MJones 2 (8), DeWitt 2 (6).
HR- Hoffmann (2). RBI- MJones 3 (30),
McDonald (1), DEWitt 2 (9), Brown (23),
Hoffmann 4 (6), Maza (9), LOB-
Albuquerque 9, Fresno 12.	
 	  
  Albuquerque	   in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald	  2.2  5  2-2  0  2  6.75
Choi (1-0)	  2.1  2  0-0  0  4  0.00
Cali        	  1.0  4  1-1  0  2  9.00
Mazone	          1.0  5  5-5  2  1 12.96
Threets 	  1.0  2  1-1  0  0  3.00
Strickland (sv 5) 1.0  1  0-0  0  3  4.97
  T- 3:16. Att- 4,674.
Lookouts, Smokies Split Twin-Bill
In a doubleheader between the Lookouts and the Smokies, Tennessee came away with an 8-7 win in the first game, then Russ Mitchell hit a walk-off single in the second game to give the Lookouts a 5-4 victory.

The Smokies scored most of their runs in the first game in two big clump,s four in the first and three in the fifth. Chattanooga attempted to keep pace but came up one run short.

All four runs in the first inning came with two outs off starter Travis Chick, who was knocked out in the third when the Smokies added a fifth run.

Chattanooga cut the Tennessee lead in half on a Josh Bell two-run homer, which followed a Tony Abreu double in the first. The Lookouts added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning as James Tomlin and Abreu singled to start the rally. Andrew Lambo doubled to bring home Tomlin, and a sacrifice fly by Bell brought the score to 5-4.

Tennessee's offense tagged reliever Jesus Castillo with three more in the fifth, the runs coming on five singles.

The Lookouts added a run in the fifth on a Gaby Martinez home run (#2) and three straight singles from Justin Sellers, Tomlin, and Abreu loaded the bases in the sixth. Lambo's sacrifice fly drove in one run, while walks to Bell and Martinez forced over another.

Chick dropped to 3-1 with the loss. In 2.1 innings, he yielded five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out three in the losing effort.

  Score by Innings-Game 1
Tennessee 	401 030 0-8
Chattanooga	202 012 0-7

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  2  2  0  .288
Abreu ss	4  2  3  0  .360
Lambo lf	3  0  1  2  .277
Bell 3b        	2  1  1  3  .302
Martinez rf	2  1  1  2  .293
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .161
Closser c	3  0  1  0  .300
 JGonzalez 2b	1  0  0  0  .246
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .286
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .273
Sellers 2b	4  1  1  0  .258
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  Totals	28 7 11 7
  Tennessee	34 8 13 8

  Error- Mitchell (2). 2B- Abreu (1),
Lambo (12), Closser (6). HR- Bell (3),
Martinez (6). RBI- Bell 3 (23), Lambo 2
(14), Martinez 2 (29). S- Rodriguez. SF-
Bell, Lambo. LOB- Chattanooga 8,
Tennesseee 7. SP- Abreu, Sellers and
Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in h r-er bb so  era
Chick (3-1)	2.1  6  5-5  2  3  4.40
Rodriguez	2.2  7  3-3  0  2  1.78
Sartor	        2.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.24
  HBP- Tomlin. T- 2:32.
Game two The Lookouts got off on the right foot when Martinez launched his second home run of the day for an early 1-0 lead.

Tennessee tagged Scott Elbert for three runs in the third inning and the game began to look like a replace of the first contest.

Still trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Josh Bell doubled with two out and Martinez then singled cut the deficit to one run. Russ Mitchell's infield single put runners on the corners. They didn't stay thee long. Lucas May singled to right to score Martinez before Juan Gonzalez then walked to load the bases.

Tommy Giles walked to force in the go-ahead run and the Lookouts held a 4-3 lead. The Smokies quickly tied the game with a line-drive homer over the left-centerfield wall.

With the Smokies bullpen used up, they handed the ball over to infielder Blake Lalli (0-1) in the bottom of the seventh. Andrew Lambo singled with one out, but a Bell force out and an error on the throw to first on the double-play attempt moved him to second. Martinez was intentionally walked.

Russ Mitchell, who had hit several balls sharply in the two games but had little to see for it, singled to drive in the winning single of the game.

Victor Garate worked a scoreless sixth and Tim Corcoran (1-2) , who blew the save in the seventh, was credited with the win.

  Score by Innings- Game 2
Tennessee	003 000 1-4
Chatttanooga	010 003 1-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	2  0  1  0  .295
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .265
Abreu ss	4  0  0  0  .310
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .276
Bell 3b	        4  2  1  0  .300
Martinez rf	3  2  2  2  .304
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  1  .172
May c        	2  0  2  1  .289
JGonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .237
Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ph	1  0  0  0  .256
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	0  0  0  1  .286
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	29 5  9 5
  Tennessee	27 4 11 4

  2B- Bell (10). RBI- martinez 2 (31),
May (10), Giles (2), Mitchell (15). LOB- 
Chatttanooga 6, Tennessee 7.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        5.0 10  3-3  1  5  2.40
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.59
Corcoran (1-2)	1.0  1  1-1  0  2  5.11
  T- 2:25. Att- 2,2844.
Sixers Snap Losing Streak
The 66ers ended their seven-game homestand with a 8-3 win over Lake Elsinore. Alberto Bastardo (3-2) battled through five innings to claim his first home win since July 2008. Jake McCarter had yet another solid performance for the 66ers in relief, pitching a pair no-hit innings and striking out 4 of 6 batters he faced.

Inland Empire collected eight hits, with Trayvon Robinson, Edgar Perez, Elian Herrera and Christian Lara earning a pair each. Robinson and Herrera both had three stolen bases for Inland Empire, the first time a 66er has stolen three bases in a game since Ryan Rogowski accomplished the feat on September 2, 2007.

Bastardo threw 32 pitches in the first inning and gave up two runs (on earned) to give the Storm an early 2-0 lead. Then he settled in and shut the Storm down until he left after five. Jacob McCarter, Miguel Sanfler and Marcel Prado combined to allow two hits and a single run over the final four innings.

Doubles to Adolfo Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke in the bottom of the first cut the Lake Elsinore in half. Pedro Baez smacked a solo home run to tie the game in the second. Then Alex Garabedian lid on an error, Lara doubled him in to break the tie. Robinson and Gonzalez then followed with RBI singles and the Sixers led 5-2.

Eduardo Perez doubled in a run in the fourth, Garabedian had an RBI singled in the fifth and Lara knocked in the final run in the seventh with a single.

The win allowed the 66ers to split the four game series with Lake Elsinore and finishing the homestand 3-4.

Inland Empire now hits the road for seven games against North Division opponents, three games against San Jose Giants and four against Bakersfield. The 66ers will return home on May 27 to play a four game series against the Modesto Nuts.

  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	200 000 001-3
Inland Empire	140 110 10x-8

  Inland Empire	an r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  2  2  1  .325
AGonzalez 2b	5  1  2  1  .271
Perez 1b	5  0  2  1  .363
Van Slyke rf	5  0  1  1  .348
Caseres dh	4  0  0  0  .263
Baez 3b        	3  2  1  1  .266
Herrera lf	3  1  2  0  .313
Garabaedian c	3  1  1  1  .321
Lara ss	4  1  2  2  .231
---------------------------------
  Totals	36 8 13 8
  Lake Elsinore	32 3  8 3
Bastardo (1). 2B- AGonzalez (4), Van
Slyke (14), Lara (3), Perez (13),
Herrera (2). HR- Baez (6). RBI- Van
Slyke (26), Baez (19), Lara 2 (12),
Robinson (18), AGonzalez (10) Perez
(22), Garbaedian (12). LOB- Inland
Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 9. SB- Robinson
3 (13),Herrera 3 (5). DP- Baez and Perez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (3-2)	5.0  6  2-1  3  3  4.25
McCarter	2.0  0  0-0  0  4  0.00
Sanfler	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.97
Prado	        1.0  1  1-1  2  1 10.13
  T- 2:58. Att- 1,580.
Loons Erase 4-0 Deficit for Win
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes rallied from a four-run deficit and struck for four runs in the seventh inning to defeat West Michigan 6-4. Loons starter Ethan Martin struck out the first two batters in the second inning, but then surrendered five straight hits and four runs in the second.  The Caps did not score again in the game.  

West Michigan starter Casey Crosby threw four perfect innings before Tony Delmonico led off the fifth with his fourth home run of the season.   

In the seventh the Loons struck for four runs. Kyle Russell singled home Nick Buss to cut the lead to two. Alfredo Silverio followed with a double, which, coupled with an error by the Whitecaps shortstop, scored Russell to pull the Loons to within one.  

A wild pitch scored Silverio. Later, after Anthony Hatch doubled, Matt Wallach singled to right to give the Loons a 5-4 lead.  Russell homered to straight-away center on the first pitch of the ninth to plate the Loons' sixth run.

  Luis Garcia (2-0) threw two scoreless relief innings for the win.  Javy Guerra recorded a two-inning save, his ninth save of the year.  

The Loons (20-17) seek to even the series tonight, sending right-hander Bobby Blevins (2-3, 7.53 ERA), who did not allow an earned run in five innings his last start, to face righty Mark Sorensen, making his Whitecaps' debut

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 010 101-6
West Michigan	040 000 000-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .322
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .323
Buss cf         3  1  1  0  .304
Delmonico dh	3  1  1  1  .331
Gallaghr 1b	4  0  0  0  .273
Russell rf	4  2  2  2  .307
Silverio lf	4  1  1  0  .298
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  0  .264
Wallach c	4  0  1  1  .216
---------------------------------
  Totals	34 6  8 4
  West Michigan	37 4 10 4

  Errors- Gallagher (3), Gordon (15).
2B- Silverio (8), Hatch (9). HR-
Delmonico (4), Russll (10. RBI- Great
Lakes 4, West Michigan 9. SB- Buss (2),
Gordon (22). DP- Gordon and Gallagher.

  Great Lakes	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Martin        	5.0  6  4-4  3  5  2.57
Garcia (2-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.38
Guerra (sv 9)	2.0  3  0-0  0  0  1.25
  HBP- Delmonico. PB- Wallach. 
T- 2:28. Att- 2,340.

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